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THE   REITH   LECTURES

IN July 1947 Sir William Haley, Director-
General of the BBC, announced the establish-
ment of an annual series of broadcast lectures,
to be known as the Reith Lectures,
Each year an acknowledged authority in a
particular field, sociology, literature, history,
public affairs, or economics, is invited to
undertake some study or original research on
a given subject and to give listeners the results
in a series of broadcasts. Such broadcasts are
intended, not only to be the peak of the
BBC's effort each year in the field of series
talks, but also to become a valuable national
institution adding to the pool of knowledge
and stimulating thought through 'an ever-
widening circle.
Speaking of the decision by the Governors
of the BBC to name the lectures after Lord
Reith, Sir William said: "In the history of
British broadcasting there is one name that
stands above all others. What the people of
this country owe to the vision of the man
who first guided British broadcasting has yet
to be adequately assessed. His conception of
what broadcasting should strive after, of the